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Christine Buckley Editor @mschrisbuckley



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Main feature 12 The media climate News groups must cut carbon footprint


he world of work is unrecognisable from just a short time ago. The coronavirus has closed vast areas of employment and made many people financially insecure despite the

support packages offered by the Government. In journalism, freelances have been

particularly hard hit but staff who have been laid off or have suffered pay cuts are also facing hardship. These are very challenging times for the future of the media and some print titles are ceasing for the duration of the pandemic. But right now we need professional journalism and a great amount of news more than ever . TV news audiences have rocketed, and the BBC has put on hold its plans for 450 job losses so it can maintain top quality, plentiful news coverage. This is also a challenging time for the NUJ as more members turn to it for help and advice. The union has closed its offices but is very much open for business from our various remote locations. In this edition you’ll find details of where to go for help, reports of the specific impact on publications and comment on the crisis, along with other news and features from our industry. Here’s hoping for an early end to the this dreadful situation and wishing everyone stays safe.

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News 03 The impact of coronavirus Jobs fall-out and how the NUJ can help

06 Local Democracy Reporters Journalists share their experiences

07 Call for 25% subs increase NUJ executive to seek rise

08 TUC conference hears Samira’s story Women delegates celebrate pay victory


10 Reporting poverty How best to cover hardship

11 Emergency emergency First aid courses can be invaluable

14 Eyes on the town hall Local Democracy Reporters in action


09 Viewpoint 22 And finally...

Media Anniversary Pages 16

Raymond Snoddy Page 19

Letters Page 21

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